Well, what’d ya know – it’s March 17th!
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That can only mean that on this day in the year 45 BC, in his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
On 17. 3. 1776, during the American Revolution, British forces evacuate Boston, Massachusetts, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city. As well as, on the same day four years later, in 1780, still in the midst of the American Revolution, George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence.”
To this day, in 1805, the Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King. All but 56 years later, on the same day, in 1861, the Kingdom of Italy (1861–1946) is proclaimed.
Meanwhile, in Nauvoo, Illinois, USA, on March 17, 1842, the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is formed.
Later, during the 20th Century, in the year of 1948, the Benelux States, France, and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Brussels, a precursor to the North Atlantic Treaty establishing NATO.
South Africa, 17. 3. 1992, a referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.
Aaand then, of course, somewhere between Julius Caesar defeating Pompeian forces, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius being born and passing (17. 3. 180), on this day, in the year of 460 AD, Ireland’s patron saint, St.Patrick died. He had a busy life, that one.. 😉 How he found the energy to chase snakes into the sea, and banish them from the island, after fasting for lent, is beyond me, but who am I to argue with history and legend.
So here we are, I’m certainly ready for today’s shenanigans.. Which shall quite possibly include a drink or two, watching the parade, sampling a selection of local artisan foods and whatever else today may bring!
Whether you’re celebrating or not, have a very happy and wonderful Sunday, March 17th, 2013 aka Saint Patrick’s Day! 🍀